research

overview and introduction

investing in the future of healthcare

The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is committed to funding the most promising kidney disease research in the state of Illinois. By offering grants for basic, translational and clinical research in kidney disease to scientists and clinicians at various career levels, the NKFI seeks to advance treatment, improve the management of CKD, and ultimately - develop a cure.

 

In keeping with our mission, the NKFI prioritizes patient-oriented projects that will increase the understanding of kidney, urologic and transplantation-related diseases. The NKF, its affiliates, and divisions are leaders in research, and collectively are responsible for funding over one third of all medical research for kidney disease in the United States.

 

Resources for research are provided via our endowment, which is funded by the Tony Noel Memorial Research Fund, individual gifts, the Noel Foundation and select proceeds from Gift of Life Gala events.

To discuss research opportunities, or for more information

 

Please contact the NKFI's Programs Director, Rachel DePauw

email: rdepauw@nkfi.org  |  phone: (312) 321 - 1500 ext. 258

 

research grants program

current opportunities

Fellowship Grant

In keeping with NKFI’s mission, the Fellowship Research Grant program funds nephrology or transplant fellows who are participating in research projects that will increase the understanding of kidney and transplantation-related disease, and improve the clinical management and treatment or cure of these diseases.

  • Application Deadline: January 31, 2022 at 5:00 PM CST

  • Notification of Award: February 28, 2022

  • Funding Begins: July 1, 2022

Doctor with Files

Application Guidelines and Instructions

The Innovations Grant

This grant supports and funds new, innovative applications, research, technologies, and other novel processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions to improve the lives of those at risk for kidney disease and transplantation-related diseases, and/or improve the prevention, management and treatment or cure of these diseases.

This grant is open to innovators addressing all sorts of kidney and transplant community needs. Projects can be at various stages of the innovation process including identifying the need, increasing collective understanding of the issue, generating ideas or testing and implementing solutions. Proposals can focus on one area or span multiple stages. 

  • Application Deadline:  April 22, 2022 by 5 pm CST

  • Notification of Award:  June 30, 2022

  • Funds Disseminated:  July 1, 2022

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Application Guidelines and Instructions

 

Medical Student Awards

In keeping with NKFI’s mission, the Medical Student Research Grant program funds medical-student investigators who are participating in research projects that will increase the understanding of kidney, urologic and transplantation-related diseases, and improve the clinical management and treatment or cure of these diseases.

 

  • Up to 3 awarded per year

  • Application Deadline: February 28, 2022

  • Notification of Award: April 1, 2022

  • Funding Disseminated: May 1, 2022

Young Investigator Research Grant

The Young Investigator Research Grant program funds investigators who have research projects that will increase the understanding of kidney and transplantation-related diseases and improve the clinical management and treatment or cure of these diseases.

 

  • Application Deadline: May 13, 2022

  • Notification of Award: June 24, 2022

  • Funding Begins: July 1, 2022

Crain's Business article about 2013-2015 Young Investigator Recipient Dr. Jason Wertheim's research. 

Video interview with 2019 Young Investigator Recipient Dr. Stephanie Toth-Manikowski. 

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Application Guidelines and Instructions

PAST NKFI GRANT RECIPIENTS

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